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decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s
surname jones rebuked for obscenity by
langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi”
boy now almost eighty on stage with
fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and
can’t remember abstract impressionist
painter who dripped

jackson pollock she said

and the mexican muralist my man

diego rivera she said

baraka generally lucid especially recalling
duke ellington said imagine if we were in
place where money falls from sky but you
couldn’t touch any of it

well that’s where you are baraka said maybe
poor should be able to sell their poverty

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